Friday, 3 July 2015

Bespoke Post Review - June 2015 "Roam" - Men's Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Bespoke Post Box of Awesome
How Much? $45 per month + tax, plus $10 shipping to Canada (US dollars)
What's in it? Fresh & interesting lifestyle brands for men built around a central, unique theme   

Bespoke Post is a lifestyle subscription box for men. Each month, Bespoke Post sends a new "Box of Awesome" - a box filled with a limited edition collection of products built around a specific theme. To complement the box, Bespoke posts how-to-videos, tips & tricks, and interviews with the makers. Their goal is to introduce men to something new. Many of the boxes could appeal to women as well, which is why I subscribe! Last month I received Shine, and the Dharma Eyewear "Cash" sunglasses I received are the best sunglasses I have ever owned (no exaggeration).

For June I selected "Roam".
Every journey, from weekend adventures to daily commutes, starts with the right supplies. Whether you're headed down the block or going out for the day, you'll need some key provisions and a trusty bag by your side.
Put it all together, and this made-in-America setup is built for the daily grind and quick-hitting travel alike with a sturdy-yet-smart design that’s made to last, while looking sharp every step of the way. It's functional, versatile, and ready to boldly go wherever you’re headed.
I'm going on a big trip in a few months, so I'm looking for things to make travel more convenient and packing more efficient.The Roam box looked like the perfect mix of items.

The Post this month was quite information, with information and history about canvas weave and waxing. Canvas is water-resistant, outdoor-ready, and "tough as all hell"!

Vapur Eclipse 1 Liter Water Bottle ($11.99)
Re-think your water bottle. This interesting take forgoes the rigid design in favor of a flexible, packable profile that rolls up to take up next to no space when you're empty. And when you're heading to the park, an outdoor concert, the beach, or wherever else you might want a drink, you can fill it up with some wine or pre-mixed cocktails.
I already have a couple Vapur bottles from the old Seasons Box and they are great. When empty they weigh next to nothing and can be rolled up so they take up very little space. This bottle is double the size of my other ones so it will be perfect for travel.

TM1985 Leather Cord Wrap (~$10)
Wrap your cord up neatly with this piece of quality leather, and they'll stay neat and well protected in your bag or pocket. It's made with love from the craftsmen at TM1985 - a Brooklyn design shop that makes their goods in the USA. 
Cord wraps are very handy for travel. I have a couple already for my charger cords and this snazzy one will be used for my ear buds to keep them neat and organized.

Line of Trade Canvas Tote in Navy ($60)
Intensely tough detailing meshes with refined design in this ready-for-anything bag that’s made in the US. It's built with heavyweight everything, from the veg-tanned leather straps to the brass rivets to the strong canvas body. The upper uses a high grade eighteen ounce weave, while the lower color blocked section uses a waxed version canvas for even more resilience.
I can't express how awesome this tote bag is. It's a great size, high quality, durable, and good looking. It's a basic style that goes with anything and will last forever. I won't be taking this on my trip, for practical reasons, but I will get lots of use out of it this summer!

The June offering from Bespoke Post - Roam - included three items to organize your life on-the-go. This box has a retail value of around $82 US. This box cost $65.40 US with tax and shipping. It's a good value for three practical and useful items. I will get ample use out of all three, so this is a great box for me.

Roam is still available, so if you are looking for a cool, high-quality tote uni-sex tote, check out the Roam box from Bespoke Post... and if this is your first Bespoke Post order, new subscribers can save 25% off your first box using promo code RESCUE at checkout. I also highly recommend Shine, but only the McQueen style glasses are still available.

Also of note, Bespoke Post is now offering $10 shipping CANADA WIDE (for orders $45 or over). Those of you that have still been paying the old $20 rate can rejoice in knowing you will now save $10 per month, just like that! All duties and taxes have are covered by Bespoke Post, so there are no additional fees due upon delivery. As well, Bespoke Post can now accept returns from Canada. Check out the Bespoke Post FAQ for more details. 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Razor Blade Club Review - Canadian Grooming Subscription Service

This package was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Razor Blade Club 
How Much? $6.99 per month, shipping included (CDN$)
What’s in it? First month includes an ergonomic handle and four 3-blade cartridges, then four cartridges per month.

Razor Blade Club is a Canadian grooming subscription service that sends quality blades to your door. For only $5 a month, plus $1.99 shipping, you will receive four 3-blade cartridges each month. Your first shipment also includes the razor handle. If you ever break or lose your handle, just contact Razor Blade Club for a free replacement.

Razor Blade Club is a unisex service. Both men and women can "shave cash" by joining this club. I was previously subscribed to Razor Blade Club for over a year with no complaints. Every month I found a small envelope in my condo mailbox containing my blades for that month. It was easy, convenient, and most of all... cheap!

The blades and handle, although inexpensive, are not cheaply made. The blades are high quality and provide a great, close shave. It's a basic set up with three blades that get the job done. No moisture strip or aloe strip here, folks! The handle is ergonomic and comfortable, although at times it was difficult to get the blade off, especially when the razor and hands were wet. The push button would stick a bit, but a little force and persistence would get it done.

If you are looking for a way to cut back and save cash, look no further than Razor Blade Club. Traditional blades aren't cheap. A five pack of Gillette Venus blades goes for $19 or more. A three pack of Intuition blades runs $12,99 and up. It's summer time and we are shaving our legs every few days. That adds up fast. A subscription to Razor Blade Club will cut your monthly shaving costs by at least half. If you aren't picky about name brands, aloe strips, pretty colours, or number of blades in your cartridge, this could be for you.

Click here to check out Razor Blade Club,

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Oatbox Review - June 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription Box

Happy Canada Day! Here's a great new Canadian subscription box for you to celebrate!  -J

What is it? Oatbox Cereal Co.
How Much? $20 per month (CDN$). Shipping included.
What’s in it? Two bags of healthy cereals, prepared exclusively for Oatbox subscribers (380g each)

Oatbox is a Canadian subscription services based in Montreal, Quebec. Each month, Oatbox creates two different oat-based cereal mixes, inspired by the seasons. The cereals are made from natural, healthy ingredients. 
From whole grain cereals like rolled oats and puffed quinoa to nuts and fruits as fresh as they get, our ingredients are really what makes our breakfast cereals truly unique.
Each bag is about 380g and offers approximately 8 portions each. The granola blends are made fresh and shipped the same month so your oats are guaranteed to be fresh. The packages are re-sealable and will last for 3-months on the shelf, at room temperature (as long as the seal is properly closed). Oatbox also takes allergies into consideration. If you have any food allergies (like nut allergies), just contact them to see about what can be done. Because Oatbox is oat based, the mixes are not gluten-free.

I learned about Oatbox through my boyfriend. He was visiting friends in Ottawa and saw the Oatbox bags on their kitchen counter. He texted me right away to ask if I knew about Oatbox. I'd never heard of it before but as soon as I saw the website, I had to sign up to try it out and review the box. More people need to hear about this great Canadian company!

When you subscribe, your first box ships within 2-3 days via Canada Post. Shipping is included in the cost of the subscription! The price you see is the price you pay - $20 (no tax!). 

To help you eat your healthy breakfast when on-the-go, your first box includes a free glass jar.

After your first month with Oatbox, you will receive an e-mail three days prior to your next shipment notifying you of the mixes for the month. If they appeal to you, do nothing. Your mixes will be on their way to your door in a few days. If you aren't interested in the blends-of-the-month, you can easily skip the month and wait for next months' blends. This is a great feature, especially if you only have one or two oat-eating people in your household.

100% Pure Chocolate (Batch 073, Produced June 15, 2015, 380g bag)
 "What the customer wants, the customer gets!" By popular demand, chocolate will be included in our newest June mix. After a few bites, you will realize that this is not your average chocolate, it is 100% pure raw cocoa and it will please all of our chocolate lovers! Crunchy and rich, this mix is the one with our best nutritional value ever made by our Oatbox chef. Simple is often key. We’ve only added spelt bran and organic kamut flakes in order to get the best result. Enjoy our gourmet mix, guilt free!

This one was good. It had a rich chocolate flavour, without being sweet. My boyfriend said it reminded him of Chocolate Haystack Cookies. This mix would be great for breakfast, or as a dessert with some yogurt. I also want to try to make some granola bars.

Pears & Pine Nuts (Batch 021, Produced June 12, 2015, 380g bag)
The Guyot pear season has arrived! What better way to celebrate than to include it in our June mix. Rich in flavours and vitamins, this seasonal fruit will be a pleasant surprise to all those who dare to try it. Beware, you will wish pear season was a yearlong festivity! To balance our mix, our chef has carefully selected AA pine nuts from Pakistan. The result will be loved, cherished and craved by our healthy living customers.

This one was tasty too. It had a subtle sweetness from the dried pear. The pine nuts added a nice texture. I'm used to pine nuts in savoury dishes (with pasta, salads, etc) so this was a nice surprise.

The box also included recipe cards for "Raw Asparagus, Endives, Radishes & Warm Granola Salad" (using Pears & Pine Nuts) and "Belgian Style Granola Waffles" (using 100% Pure Chocolate). If you need other ideas for using your oats, look no further than Google. You can go basic and eat your oats with milk (warm or cold), sprinkled over yogurt, raw as a snack, or use them to make granola bars, cookies, breads, and other treats. There are oodles of things to do with oats and granola mixes! Here is a good link with ideas

Also of note, Oatbox supports the Breakfast Club of Canada. For every box shipped. they donate $1 to the cause, which provides one warm breakfast to a child in need.

The June Oatbox contained two 380g bags of custom blended granola, for a total of 1.6 pounds of oats! I also received a reusable glass jar to take my cereal on the go. It's hard to put a value on this box, but given what I've paid for quality granola recently, I'd say I more than got my money worth. This box costs $20 CDN, with free shipping and no tax. The cereal blends were prepared fresh just weeks ago, and will last another three months. So far I'm impressed with Oatbox and I look forward to trying the July mixes.

Click here to check out Oatbox Cereal Co.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Splendies Review - June 2015 - Undergarment Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? Splendies
How Much? $13.99/month plus $7 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Three pairs of quality undies delivered to your door

Splendies is a subscription service that sends quality women's underwear and panties. Each month is a total surprise and with a multitude of brands, styles, and colours in the Splendies vault, no two packages will be the same. This is a great way for you to try new brands and discover new styles. It's easy and convenient.

Splendies sizes range from S to XL. The website notes that Splendies brands tend to run small, so if you are unsure or between sizes, you should size up. When you subscribe, you have the option to select a surprise mixed pack, no thongs, or all thongs (available in S-L only). For those that need larger sizes, Spendies has a sister site called Volupties which offers quality undies for curvy gals and plus sizes from 1X to 3X. Volupties is $24 US per month, including shipping to Canada.

Splendies also has a LUXE subscription which ships every other month and includes three pairs of underwear from premium brands. These panties are some of the finest on the market today, and come in a tie-ribbon keepsake box. Sizes range from S-L. Click here to learn more about Splendies LUXE.

Splendies undies come wrapped in tissue, tucked inside a mailing bag. The bag is small enough to fit into a condo-size mail box. There is no product card included, but each pair comes with its brand tags still attached.

Honeydew Claudia Rayon Hipster in Sugarberry/Candied Lime ($14)
I love the bold blue colour of this pair. The fit is okay. They are super low rise, which is not my preference.

Honeydew Rayon Boyshort in JamN'Jelly ($14)
I searched online for this panty using the style code (660) and learned it was discontinued in November 2012. This probably explains why the hang tags are a different design than the other two pairs I received. This is the pair I like the best so it's too bad I won't be able to find more to buy.

Honeydew Emily Sheer Micro Hipster in Jinx/Moonstone ($14)
This is another bright and sexy pair. There is a little keyhole cut out and some ruching on the backside. I love everything about this pair, except how low rise they are.

Brights for June!

My June Splendies box included three colourful pairs of panties. All three are from Honeydew Intimates, a brand I am familiar with and quite enjoy. I'm pleased with the selections this month, even though a couple pairs have a lower rise than I would prefer. This subscription costs $20.99 US per month for Canadians, and this time, the items I received have a $42 US retail value (although the tags indicate MSRP of $14 or 3 for $33). Whether going by the discounted 3/$33 value or the full $42 value, it's still more than the cost paid, and that's a win in my books. Remember, if you plan to subscribe to Splendies, make sure you size up! Here are the promo codes this month:
  • If you are interested in trying Splendies, you can save $4 off your first month by entering promo code SPLENDIES at checkout.
  • For Volupties, you can save $5 off your first month, using code VOLUPTIES at checkout.
  • And if the Splendies LUXE subscription interests you, enter LUXEJUNE to save 20% off your first box.

 Click here to check out Splendies.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Ipsy Review - June 2015 - Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? 4-5 beauty products every month

Ipsy is a San Francisco based beauty subscription that sends a beautiful Glam Bag filled with with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Once you've received your Glam Bag, you can head over to the Ipsy Community to watch tutorial videos and play along with the Ipsy stylists, using the same products they are using.

The theme for June is "Swim into Beauty" and features a black neoprene-eque bag that reminds me of a wetsuit!
Salt in the air, sand in our hair. Cue the lifeguards because summer will be 5 times the fun when you dive into these beauty must-haves for June.
LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla (24g, $2.40)
I am so thrilled to have this! I love LAVANILA. I've tried a few scents of The Healthy Deodorant and I have a Pure Vanilla Rollerball. After trying this lotion, I will probably be buying a full size version!

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil (Full size, $24)
This is a great product. One end has a pencil in "Universal Taupe" and the other end is a brow brush.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (0.25oz, $4)
This is my mom's holy grail product so this will go to her. She's been using Smashbox for over a decade. 

treStiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold (0.02oz, $10)
When I first took this out of the bag I was worried the cap came off. Turns out, the cap look slike the crayon. very sneaky! This is a nice colour but I don't wear a lot of shadow so I'm not sure if I would get much use of this one.

Formula X Nail Color in Power Source (4ml, $3.50)
This colour is bright, almost neon pinky-orange. I'm not a fan.

My June Ipsy bag included five products, with an approximate value of $44 US. The bag costs $14.95 US per month for Canadians, which worked out to $19.19 CDN for me this month. The value for June is great since I received more than double the cost paid. One product is full size and the rest are deluxe samples. I love the eyebrow pencil and the body butter. My mom will appreciate the Smashbox primer. The shadow crayon is a cool product, but just not for me. The only thing I really don't like is the bright nail polish colour. Four out of five ain't bad!

Click here to see my previous Ipsy reviews.
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Friday, 26 June 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Box - July Theme Reveal + PROMO CODE!

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box
How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $12 shipping per box (US$)
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.  

The theme for July is "Wander" and will include "a collection of mindful products that will prepare you for the great outdoors, whether it is walking in the park, strolling on the beach, or going camping with the family! Say hello to summer!"

If this theme reveal has piqued your interest, first time subscribers can save 25% off their first box with the purchase of a 3 or 6 month subscription. Just enter promo code WELCOME at checkout.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

BuddhiBox Review - June 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODES

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

If $41 US per month is too much for you, BuddhiBox also offers a mini version. For only $11.95 per month, plus shipping, you can get 2-3 product samples and coupons. This review is for a regular box.

Each month we are greeted by an inspirational quote...

... and we also get a new yoga pose to practice and a vegetarian recipe. For June we have Chinese Orange Cauliflower and the Cobra pose (Bhujangasana).

First look!

Vigilant Eats Superfood Cereal in Maca Double Chocolate & Coconut Maple Vanilla (2 x $4)
I used to get single serve breakfast bowls from the old Snackbox and I really enjoyed them. Great for on-the-go and work. These ones from Vigilant eats are gluten-free and low glycemic.

Real Beauty for a Cause Peppermint Toner Tab (1 tab, $2.50)
This is described as a facial toner tab, but it looks and smells like the Peppermint Shower Tabs from the website. It smells great and I plan to use it as a shower tab.

Real Beauty for a Cause Detox Face Mask (2oz, $14.99)
This mask is a powder of clay and charcoal powder. Mix equal parts warm water with powder and apply a thin layer to skin.

Indo-Love Jewelry Namaste Bracelet ($20)
This is a hand stamped thin aluminum cuff bracelet made custom for BuddihBox. It's a nice piece and well made.

Kalika Fortin Music Flowers for Kali Album Download ($10 value)
This album is definitely not my style, but someone may enjoy it. You can sample the songs at the link above. If you are interested in the full album download, comment below. I have one unique code to give away! Here is a description:
"The album, Flowers for Kali, reflects the spiritual journey of a small town midwestern girl who finds herself in an ashram in Colorado. Immersed in chanting and ritual, Kalika Fortin connected with and nurtured a flow of creative energy that descended upon her and blessed her with music. Ancient chants surfaced with fresh melodies. Lyrics arose from meditative movement. The intimate, tender songs celebrate devotion and spiritual connection. This peaceful, uplifting album features sacred mantras on sweet vocals delivered with a down home, back porch flavor."

Grokker Premium 30 Day Pass ($14.99 Value)
Grokker is a streaming site that offers on-demand yoga, meditation, fitness and healthy cooking videos from top experts. It's an interesting concept. Sign up and credit card are required to claim your free month.

Foursee Apparel Yoga Sugarskull Cotton Tote ($10)
This tote is smaller than I expected but it's super cute and it's calling out for some colouring. I might get some fabric markers and colour and personalize it a  bit.

The June BuddhiBox included six products, plus two digital content coupons. The value of the products is $55.50 US, or $80.50 including the digital content. This box costs $41 US for Canadians so it's a fair value. I'm happy with the products included this month. It's another well curated box full of great, well intentioned, and useful items.

Interested in BuddhiBox? Save $3 off a month-to-month subscription using promo code buddhifriend at checkout. Or better yet, save 10% off any subscription length using promo code yogaeverydamnday

Click here to check out BuddhiBox.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Birchbox Canada Review - June 2015 - Canadian Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Birchbox Canada
How Much? $10/month plus $4.95 shipping, or $159.40/year including shipping (CDN $)
What’s in it? Five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile.

Birchbox is the premiere beauty sampling service in the US and it's the service that launched the entire beauty box craze. Established in New York in 2010 by two friends, Birchbox now has operations in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, and Canada.
Before the review, I will include the same caveat I include every month: the Canadian site is completely separate from the US site, as are their social media accounts. What you see promoted for US subscribers through is not always available to Canadians through The Canadian site doesn't offer all the cool perks and promos that the US site gets either (Birchbox Aces, Sample Choice, Limited Edition boxes etc). If you are signing up based on what you see on the US Birchbox site, you will be very disappointed. To get an idea of what sort of samples you might receive from, scroll through the Birchbox CA shop and check out the brands. They've been adding more and more every month, but we still don't have as much variety.

This month we are saying YES!
Adventure is a state of mind. It's about exploring the unknown, dreaming beyond the horizon, and letting go of the word "no." What's on your list? Scuba diving with sharks? Sleeping under the starts (hey, your backyard counts)? Here's to adventures big and small, near and far.
First look

The first thing I noticed from this product card, is that the June spoiler item, a full sized Eyeko eyeliner, was not included in my box. I posted about the spoiler in May and I screen capped the spoiler image direct from the Birchbox Canada website. I e-mailed Birchbox Ops about the issue and this is the reply:
Unfortunately, we were unable to include the originally promised Eyeko Fat Liner in any of our subscribers June boxes as these eyeliners are currently being held up at customs. Just to be transparent about the Eyeko sample, we really were blindsided by the customs issue and the hold up with it, and it came down so close to the wire there wasn't much recourse from there. While we’re not able to send the Eyeko Fat Liner at this time, we are crossing our fingers to be able to send it in a future box.
I have no issue with the reasoning behind the Eyeko product not being included. These things happen, a lot!  I'm just wondering why they didn't share this with subscribers. Were they hoping we forgot about the spoiler? It's kind of an odd way to approach things. Anyway, if anyone else is disappointed by the lack of Eyeko Fat Liner, e-mail Birchbox and you may end up with a bonus in your points bank.

Emi-Jay Hair Tie ($2.40 CDN)
This is a bonus item, so we actually received six products this month. 

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray (30ml, $5.50)
I feel like I've tried just about every texturizing spray on the market, but not this one! It's a good product for an early summer box. Casual beachy waves are a summer hair-do staple!

Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleaner (30ml, $1.88)
I love this fruity and floral scent.

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer (20ml, $18)
This has a pleasant orange scent and it's more liquid-y than creamy, but it does a good job moisturizing and it's light.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator (1g, $11.64)
This is the product we received in place of the Eyeko liner. Highlighting products seem to be all the rage right now. I haven't gotten into highlighting and contouring so this is a pass for me.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel (5ml, $4.83)
This is an acid-free peel mask that works in, you guessed it, 3 minutes! It's supposed to bind to dead cells on the skin then wash away without any harsh acids or abrasives.

My June Birchbox Canada included six products with an approximate value of $44.25 CDN. This box costs $14.95 CDN, including shipping. It's a pretty good box this month for my needs and preferences, but someone who prefers makeup probably won't get much from this box. Birchbox tends to send more skincare and body products than cosmetics these days, so that's something to keep in mind if you are thinking of subscribing.

Click here to check out Birchbox Canada.

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